Director of Communications

Media & Broadcast
Zurich , Switzerland
Full Time
20 / 09

Supporting the Chief Communications Officer in the development and implementation of the overall FIFA communications strategy

Full description

Your duties

Supporting the Chief Communications Officer in the development and implementation of the overall FIFA communications strategy

Supporting the Chief Communications Officer in briefing senior organisation figures in advance of any media activities/appearances

Having overall responsibility for the strategy and budgets of the sub-division

Supporting the project management for Humanitarian / Football PR projects (fair-play / disabled football / smoke-free soccer / anti-racism / child labour / FIFA-SOS etc.)

Supporting the organising of special projects/events (World Player Gala / Preston Football Museum)

Leading the content creation and publication process

Managing FIFA’s Media strategy in order to increase engagement on existing platforms, and drive the strategy on new and emerging platforms, working closely with the Chief Communications Officer

Actively participating in (or leading) cross-departmental and cross-divisional initiatives

Conducting procurement-compliant tender processes to select the best services providers for FIFA Communications

Developing and maintaining relationships with media departments of football and inter-sport organisations

Leading and controlling editorial responsibility for all FIFA publications (editorials, forewords, agendas, news, brochures, specials, speeches, etc.)

Establishing relationship to the appointed host broadcaster at events

Ensuring project management at public events

Reporting activities and results to top management

Our requirements

Minimum ten years of proven successful career in journalism and/or senior communications role in an international environment

Sports industry experience with extensive professional and international network in global sports and communications, understanding of sports digital domain

Football knowledge (real insight on mechanisms and basis of football, contact with leading officials, players etc.)

Experience of working in major publishing houses and international sports organisations, in particular ensuring the coordination of communications-based content with other departments (for example broadcast digital) on behalf of all internal stakeholders

Experience of budget management, and relevant contractual negotiations according to the organisation’s governance principles

Knowledge of content management systems

Knowledge in developing and implementing an organisational style guide to ensure editorial consistency across all media channels

Experience in leading teams in multi-vendor environments

Strong project management skills

Knowledge and experience of the entertainment industry is a plus

Ability to lead in strategic and commercial discussions

Fluent in English, knowledge of one of the other three FIFA languages (German, French or Spanish) an advantage

Self-confident personality, comfortable addressing public audiences

Highly motivated, responsible and forward thinking

Ability to work well under pressure and deliver in a timely manner

Inspirational team leader, creative and innovative

Willingness to travel on a regular basis

Identification with FIFA


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